Facebook cloning – How it’s done and how to prevent it

[ 0 ] June 18, 2013 |

Facebook Profile cloning has come into the spotlight and it is a topic that made news worldwide. Facebook profile cloning is a type of identity theft where dodgy characters literally make a second profile that looks exactly like your current one. They then send friend requests to all your friends from that cloned profile fooling everyone in thinking that it’s you. They can then post comments, add pictures and communicate with all your friends using your identity.

To prevent Facebook profile cloning you first need to know how they do it. After some investigation I found out that cloning a profile is very easy and only takes about an hour in total. There are no specials skills involved and anyone with internet access can do it. First they gain access to your complete Facebook profile by sending you a friend request.  Once this friends request is accepted they start copying all your information. They save your Profile and cover pics by simply right-clicking on them and literally copy and paste all your information.  Extreme cloners will even save all your photos in your various albums.

Using a fake email account setup with a free email provider like Gmail or Hotmail they register for a new Facebook account. They use your exact names to create this account and upload your saved profile and cover pics to give this new account the exact same look as your real profile.  This is only the start of the cloning process. Once they have a basic copy of your profile they start cloning everything on your real profile by simply copying and pasting it. Your contact information, education, work history and everything else get copied onto the new profile.

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